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saying their budgets are going to be cut. then the pentagon came out the next day and said we're going to have to lay off 800,000 civilian workers or furlough them one day a week. yesterday you had lahood, the transportation secretary come to the white house briefing room and say we're going to have delays in air traffic, shut down air traffic control. this tactic is because the white house recognizes they're trying to sway public opinion and put pressure from the outside on republicans. it's interesting. a poll came out just this week that said the vast majority of americans don't know a lot about these cuts that are coming down. the white house is trying to change that. the white house is still working, hoping for a deal. but i get a sense that most of washington and probably even at the white house they recognize we could go past the sequester at least for a few weeks, and there's going to be another chance late in march where the continuing spending resolution comes up or expires and they're going to have to negotiate deal on that. and it all could just be wrapped up into one. >> d
on driving through northern virginia, listen up. several roads closed near the pentagon city mall in arlington. crews shut down joyce street between south 15th street and army navy drive, and also shut down army navy drive between south joyce street and south 25th street. racers are encouraged to take the pentagon city metro. >>> next, strong words about national security from former vice president dick cheney. >>> plus, a 14-year-old charged as an adult with murder. this morning neighborhoods are reacting to what happened behind closed doors. >>> and politics for the ehrlich family. >>> join the morning conversation [ mom ] dear chex cereal, i just had to write. you can't imagine how long i've been searching for something like this for my family. i'm amazed you make so many great flavors that are gluten free. my guys are crazy for chocolate chex and honey nut chex. for me, it's cinnamon. it means a lot to be able to give them something that's good for them, that also puts smiles on their faces. 'cause i really love those smiles. we're the harris family. and we love chex. [ male a
is denying the allegations. >>> today the pentagon will give us a sense much just how crippling the sequestration might be. will tell congress of the plan to furlough as many as 700,000 civilian empyees. they would be forced to take one day off per week without pay starting in april. that's if congress and the white house failed to -- avoiding billions of dollars in spending cuts taking effect on march 1st. they have until then to reach a deal. stay with news 4 for complete coverage of every twist and turn in the sequestration showdown. we're posting updates at nbcwashington.com to stay up to speed even when you can't watch on air. >>> the suggestion joe biden made during a town hall on gun control that could leave people off guard. plus, what is taking place right now at the scene of a gas station that leveled the popular restaurant. >>> this morning, tiger is talking. what he says about the president's golf game. >>> a big chill in the air this morn >>> weather and traffic on the 1s. good morning. at 6:11. we've got a cold wind blowing in out of the north and west. temperature
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of the pentagon, air traffic -- keep in mind that there are civilian employees of the pentagon. those are private sector jobs. 750,000 jobs and a 0.6% drag on gdp in a recovery is no small deal. wall street may not be terribly worried about debt, but regular americans who do not want to be unemployed would find a 0.6% track on gdp to be pretty significant. guest: it will have an effect on long-term unemployment insurance. there will be in effect for some people. host: our focus of the sunday morning are sequestration and the politics. our phone lines are open. dickensian -- send us an e-mail or join us on facebook or twitter. the present use sequestration as the topic of his weekly address. [video clip] thousands of teachers and educators will be laid off and parents will be scrambling to find child care for their kids. airport security will seek cutbacks, causing delays across the country. even president bush's director of the national institutes of health says these cuts will said that medical science for a generation. because have forced the navy to delay deployment of aircraft carriers to the
of pentagon cash. >> that region as everyone knows will be hard hit if the sequestration is allowed to take affect. >> and there is almost certainly some truth to that. defense contractors are bracing for cuts. but other claims about what is a relatively small cut may be more dubious. secretary of homeland security says the country would be less secure. >> i'm not here to scare people. i'm here to inform. and also to let people begin to plan. because they are going to see these impacts in their daily lives. >> what if things like long airport lines don't materialize. take weeks or months to kick in. and republicans claim the president is exaggerating. >> he's far more interested in holding campaign rallies than he is in urging senate democrats actually pass a plan. >> if you can't handle a 2.3% cut, how can we put this place back in order. >> and the is he questionster may also get lost while those cuts start hitting on friday march 1st, the continuing resolution that funds the government expires on march 27th. flip forward to may and against another debt ceiling making the sequester cuts l
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. >>> we are getting a clearer idea tonight of what automatic spending cuts at the pentagon will mean to our troops and civilian workers whose job depends on the spending. >> they guided hands on budget documents that spell out the cuts, the cuts that will come if the congress doesn't hit the frustration that hits march first. >> reporter: smaller pay increases for our troops, days off for hundreds of thousands of civil defense workers, good work by tom vandenbrook. giving documents of what we can expect. >> this is not a game. this is reality. >> reporter: and angry defense secretary on the consequences of the automatic cuts to american defense. >> they would degrade our ability to respond to crisis precisely at a time of rising instability across the globe. >> reporter: usa today obtained documents spelling out some of the cuts. >> they say that readiness is affected because they can't train and they can't sail ships as often. >> reporter: the 5,000 crew members on the uss truman will be staying in norfolk. >> we'll be able to take care of our responsibilities in afghanist
jewelry robbery had a connection with something that happened on monday and pentagon city in arlington. >> we are on storm watch tonight. keeping a close eye on the possibility of a major east coast storm that is forming bringing freezing precipitation our way and a lot of snow up to our north. >> it is looking like a lot, not around us, though. it is a cold night after a brisk day of sunshine. temperatures above average, and there is no in the ski areas out in western maryland. timber tears out there in the 20's. -- temperatures out there in the 20's. winter storm watches are out and something you rarely see boston has a blizzard watch out. that is that area of green, a blizzard watch out for the day late on friday and on into saturday. more and more it looks like it will be a major storm for new england and perhaps even a historic storm. we will see increasing clouds maybe a touch of a iciness friday morning from this. snow lovers, you can always head north. wait until you hear some of the amount, in a few minutes. >> a developing story from the white house. the controversy surroundi
on whether to leave gays to their ranks. and on the heels, the pentagon is announcing a policy shift. leon panetta is expected to expand some benefits to granting access to various spots on bases are said to be included. however, it remains droughtful that mental, dental, housing allowances would be offered under the new proposal. an extension of those benefits would require an appeal of 1996 distance of marriage act. >>> and now for a look at the winter storm that is approaching the northeast. this one's going to be nasty, right? >> it has the potential. i have a feeling this is like the first day of school. this is the big shot a big storm in the northeast ever since november after sandy. that was a crazy nor'easter. but this is your typical midwestern storm. the moisture is starting to increase across texas with the rain and thunderstorms. we've seen that in laredo and san antonio. but this will be the rainy spot throughout the day today. over the next 48 hours we'll track this to the southeast. potentially an inch and a half to two inches of rain in this area north of atlanta. and out
as 2 million workers. the pentagon fears it would have a drastic effect on the military. last week, democrats proposed delaying the cuts once gone but republicans are saying no way. >> we are here because the president in the last session refused to cut spending in anyplace and we wound up with the sequester. >> reporter: and you are going to be hearing the word a lot sequester. it's how dc is referring to the ought mat being across the board spending cuts due on march 1st. live in federal hill, linda so, ab catch the 2 news. >>> today is -- abc2 news. >>> today is president's day but parking meters will be in effect and the mba wants you a know the off will be close and vehicle admission inspection station so keep that in mind if you have the day off. time is running out if you want to save pony on energy star products. today is the last day to take advantage of a tax break on srn appliances such as washing machines and standard size refrigerators. there's a list for the items available on the comp trol are's website and a learning to that is on ours -- link to that is on ours. >>
to that from the pentagon. 10,000 teachers could be laid off. a reduction of boarder agents. longer waits on airport security lines. hold a meeting tuesday to outline what the cuts could do to their respective counties. chuck hagel's nomination remains up in the air. republicans delayed a confirmation vote. questioned how the white house questioned the deadly attack which had nothing to do with chuck hagel. even though he does not think hage l is qualified, he will be confirmed. another vote expected after con-- >>> several gun and ammunition companies are threatening to leave if new strict laws are put into place. a ban of magazines that include more than 15 rounds. a gun tax on all purchases. a ban on private sale of firearms and instituting you know vicious al background checks. >> over 200 jobs in assembly shipping design and headquarters facilities. and 400 or even more in our supplier's subcontractors throughout colorado. >> final action on all four measures are expected in the colorado state house today. supported by vice president joe biden. >>> a news alert tonight. on the scene
the plants and production facilities across the country. >> reporter: the pentagon says military readiness and civilian employees will suffer and many republicans agree that the cuts will hurt. others say the president's insistence on new tax hikes ignores other reductions that could replace the sequester cuts. >> in you were to pay federal employees about the same level you pay private employees that saves about $32 billion a year. other places to cut. you could cut foreign aid in half and save $20 billion. so we have a list of savings we could send to the president if he's interested and we could do this without laying anybody off. >> reporter: now, there is a campaign element to all this. the president has been crisscrossing the country, trying to drum up public support and put more pressure on congress to get a deal done. next week he will head to newport to talk specifically about the cuts to the pentagon. back to you. >> sherri ly, thank you very much. >>> in other news, d.c. council members are holding a special meeting next week to discuss taking possible action against ward one co
level that he had been waterboarded. he had practiced at the pentagon. he had been working on this. but when he referred to containment on iran rather than prevention of nuclear weapons and had to be corrected and then corrected again, a note was passed to him, and then the chairman helpfully said to him, containment is not a policy at all. that is not our policy. that is such a critical mistake on an issue that he knew that he was going to be asked about. we knew that he was going to have to explain the, quote, jewish lobby and take that back and some of the other things. the way he did it didn't seem crisp. and then when ted cruz wheeled in the tv screen to play an al jazeera talk show and put him on the spot or how he defended israel or didn't defend israel in response to a question on a talk show, it would be like somebody saying to you or mika, joe, you were on c-span ten years ago, and what did you say to someone who called in? that was very, very tough. >> that was sort of my point at the top. >> it's interesting that you had said, mika, yesterday as we were going to a meeti
somewhere by march 1st. otherwise, pentagon spending would shrink by 7.9%. domestic spending by 5.3% and medicare would take a 2% reduction. the president prefers an option that raises more money by closing tax loopholes. republicans want to stick with spending cuts only. a study by george mason university estimated that 448,000 jobs in d.c., maryland and virginia could be affected by automatic indiscriminate budget cuts. business leaders and local congressmen are concerned about the impact on our economy. >> and sequestration will hurt not only the defense side but the non-defense side. my committee funds the f.b.i. there will probably be furloughs at the f.b.i. there will be furloughs potentially at the national cancer institute, at nih. this thing has ramifications for defense and non-defense. >> reporter: the cuts were originally scheduled to kick in january 1st because congress couldn't grow on a broad package to reduce the deficit several times in 2011 and 2012 in excomping for republicans agreeing to raise the debt ceiling and they were pushed off again during the year-end
downtown location no longer works for the agency. >>> a police officer at the pentagon forced protection -- forest protection agency got the medal of valley. officer thomas received the medal for his brave actions off duty. back in 2011 thomas was at a convenience store in clinton when a gunman got into a fight with another man. thomas identified himself as a police officer and ordered the suspect to drop the gun, but the man refused and turned toward thomas. that is when the officer opened fire and killed the suspect. today's ceremony was held in the pentagon's hall of heroes. >>> coming up senator marco rubio explains why he had to reach so far for that drink of water during last night's republican response to the state of the union. >> reporter: could moms and dads across the country suddenly be able to find good free preschool? i'm bruce leshan, this story coming up. >> reporter: i'm danielle nottingham at the vatican. coming up thousands of followers packed st. peter's >>> catholics packed st. peter's basilica in vatican city today and stood outside to watch the pope celebrate ash
in brokering more of these kinds of deals. in green belt, i'm tracee wilkins, news4. >>> today the pentagon announced the creation of a new medal that recognizes 21st century war fare. the distinguished war fare medal will be awarded to troops that launch drone strikes or direct cyberattacks. they assist during combat missions without ever setting foot in a combat zone. defense secretary panetta is expected to announce the new medal. it says it would recognize exception appear contributions made from afar. we're told that medal would be considered a bit higher ranking than the bronze star. >>> nbc news has learned that general john allen is expected to withdraw his name from consideration as the top commander of nato. military official say allen does not want to put his family through repeated discussions about jill kelly. kelly is the woman who claims to have received threatening e-mails from paula broadwell. that claim triggered the investigation that led to the resignation of cia director david petraeus. pentagon investigation cleared allen of any wrongdoing in that case. >>> today's ash
. the military alone will see a $46 billion cut from the pentagon budget. >>> fresh off their super bowl win, ravens are raising ticket prices. but the ravens say the ticket increase was already planned, has nothing to do with super bowl win. this is the first increase in your years and -- four years and only the 6th since the stadium opened in 1998. tickets will go up about 10%. ravens are also expected to announce a plan for improvements and renovations to the stadium. season ticket holders should look for their renewal letters in the mail this week. >> okay. >>> and bob tells us, because of inflation, he's going to have to raise the price of his five-day forecast. right? >> sure. >> a dollar. >> 32 cents. it's going to cost you 32 cents more. >>> we have -- january headed our way. >>> 44 now. southwest winds at 12. barometer falling a little bit. maybe a shower. even a rumble of thunder possible between now and about 6:30. just got a report out of hagerstown of thunder and lightning. then we'll clear out. have the report after this. >>> a live vi
to head the pentagon. pentagon. >>> a check of this morning's other top stories. the maryland senate is expected to take up a gun control law today that has the support of governor martin o'malley. opponents say it violates second amendment rights, one of most con ten schuss provisions would require people to submit to fingerprints for handgun licensing. it also would ban assault weapons. >>> the man accused in the mother-daughter murders in prince george's county will have to be retried. a judge decolored a mistrial in the case against jason scott on a technicality. the bodies of dolores and ebony dewitt were found in the trunk of a stolen burned out car in 2009. someone testified scott was involved in multiple home invasions but it had been previously ruled that only one home unvision was admissible. >> he has taken away from me my sister, my mentor, my teacher, my friend. so he must stand trial for this person. my niece. >> these are the two women in our community who were killed and we are absolutely determined that we will hold him accountable. >> the retrial is set to start in
news. it is bad news on the domestic side and on the pentagon side. and it's not to be taken lightly on the domestic side. every single program that people count on is going to be cut across the board, 13%. >> that's social security. >> that's medicare. >> that's medicaid. >> that's headstart. >> that's -- it's -- it is so bad that the congressional budget office said: this sequester will take us not right away but probably by the end of the year from recovery into recession. back into recession. so this thing, here you go, you do this. the economy is going to tank. i was in the briefing room friday at the whitehouse when secretary ray lahood came in secretary of transportation, ray lahood, talking about just one other aspect of that, of the sequester that we can expect and that is in air travel. the secretary mentioned they have no flexibility in this. they have to cut so much and the only wake they can cut with so many employees they've got is to make -- is to require some of them to take a furlough. most of their employees are air traffic controllers.
should stop stalling a vote despite a his belief that chuck hagel is not qualified to run the pentagon. >> making headlines around the region now, the investigation continues into a house fire in southeast that critically injuredt a little girl. g flames ripped through this home on 33rd street yesterday morning.ay the 4 year old girl remains in the hospital. a 2 year old boy and three adults were treated for minor injuries. the home's owner is charged with felony threats and simple assault. investigators say he made threats against one of the women living at that home while crews worked to put out the flames.t >>> police on the eastern shore are investigating the murder of a college student. 21-year-old edmond saint clair was stabbed to death on the campus of the university of maryland eastern shore. police do not believen this was a random crime and may have been the result of an argument that was on going or on-going disput. >> and a virginia family will be waiting to hear the resultses of a vote in the virginia senate today. law makers are scheduled to vote on a bill that would mak
the pentagon and a lot of defense contractors and they are going to get whacked if sequestration happens. mandatory arbitrary really budget cuts that it will take affect march 1st. suburban maryland has national institutes of health. military hospital, naval hospital, the food and drug administration. so suburban maryland has a lot invested in the health sciences. and they are going to suffer too if sequestration happens. and my column focuses on the affect on medical research. the national institutes of health provides almost all of funding in the country for basic medical research. and they are very excited about a lot of promising things going on in health research right now especially related to flu, cancer, muscular dystrophy, diabetes, alzheimers. and they say they are already strapped. they've actually been losing ground in terms of how much medical research they can fund over the last 10 years and if sequestration happens, it's going to be a really big set back. >> do we know how much money they do stand to lose? >> they stand to lose $1.6 billion just the national institutes of
. the accident activity was tying up the two right lanes, but has cleared. backup leaving the pentagon. that's a check of your fox 5 on time traffic. >>> world series or bust. that's nats' manager's viewpoint. they have the motivation to make it happen. but let's hope they don't get uninvited guests. players say a bird dropped a fish on the field yesterday. little welcome to florida, boys. after a few minutes of gawking, ian desmond threw it over the fence. in our 9:00 hour we'll get a look at how things are shaping up and perhaps what kind of fish that was. >>> starting today the racing presidents. vote on who you think will win on twitter, with the #votebill and voteteddy. >>> bruce allen is standing firm on the team's name. he said it's ludicrous to suggest the franchise is trying to upset native americans. he says they won't buckle in to people who think the name is offensive. he gave his opinion yesterday if he groundbreaking for the new training facility. the new facility is expected to bring $40 million worth of investments to the city and hundreds of jobs. >>> imagine giving up an 81
is making the issue complicated. >> they are talking about a way to save money in the pentagon and they will furlough the civilian workers one day. also the president put together a way to delay the whole thing for a couple of months but that doesn't make sense. and so far boehner has been effective in saying mr. president you came up with the idea, you solve the problem. and yesterday instead of the president picking up the phone and working with local leaders, he called local stations and did local interviews. if you get the sense we are moving from one crisis to another, you are not crazy, you are right. it's just hard to make sense of how many different things could kill us. here's rush limbaugh yesterday. >> have you of if you listen to obama and his minions in the news media, they are all running neck and neck. maybe ought to explore some sort of sequester control because it's out of control. he wanted the spending cuts a year ago, now he doesn't want to go anywhere near the spending cuts but it's his plan. sequester was his idea. now he's complaining that these cuts will
, the pentagon would take the brunt of that blow with the rest of the pain coming to domestic programs. >> our economy right now is headed in the right direction. and it will stay that way as long as there aren't any more self-inflicted wounds coming out of washington. so let's keep on chipping away at this problem together, as democrats and republicans, to give our workers and our businesses the support that they need to thrive in the weeks and months ahead. >> the president's called for a fix of short-term spending cuts and tax reform hit a brick on capitol hill. politico reporting that obama's plan dead on arrival, and house speaker john boehner was speaking on capitol hill, right now saying that his party plans to stand with the american people and we want to show you exactly what he had to say about that yesterday. >> on two occasions has passed a plan to replace the sequester. it's time for the senate democrats to do that work. it's time for the president to offer his ideas about how to replace the sequester. >> his first answer to everything is new taxes. and when you think about it, wh
federal government except the pentagon. all of a sudden the last couple of months hitting this arbitrary political target is vital. what is vital, as i said, is having a deficit strategy that's consistent with sound economic growth and making sure that we strengthen the middle class and that means as a first step to make sure that our deficits, as the economy improves, as we grow, that our deficits are not growing faster than g.d.p. and that we stabilize the debt as a percentage of g.d.p. because if you don't, as the economy improves, higher government borrowing -- we need to adopt that strategy and adopt it now. have it kicked in over a period of time. we just got very good news that the rate of per capita increase in health care costs is actually at the lowest level of 50 years. we need to continue to adopt strategies to keep that -- those costs increase low. as as demographic changes means baby boomers retire and we clearly need to keep working on those issues. but let me just sum up where we are in terms of our deficit reduction targets. over the last little over two years we have no
. >> pentagon spokesman george little talked about how sequestration would affect the defense budget. glmpleght first, as you know, the sequestration goes in to effect for the remain of the year. it will require that the department of defense to cut roughly $46 billion from the level of funding provided on the 2013 continuing resolution. all of the last seven months of the fiscal year. by law, sequester would apply to all of the dod budget. including wartime spending. the only exception is that the president has indicated his intend to -- personnel funding from sequestration. dod leaders support the decision, it does not mean that other budget accounts will be cut by larger amounts to offset the exemption. accounted by account item by item. cuts to the operating portion of the dod budget must be equal in percentage at the let of appropriations accounts. for example, army active operation maintenance, navy reserve operation and maintenance, and air force guard. for the investment the dollars cut must be allocated. that means more than 2500 programs or projects that separately identified need to
at pentagon city mall. the men smashed a display case with a hammer and then took off with 27 diamond rings. a car was waiting for them in the parking lot. >> it was pretty scary. you come to the city thinking there is security and there is security all over the mall so that is pretty gutsy on their behalf. >> they did conceal their identities by wearing hoods and i don't know if it is masked but they did conceal the faces. so maybe through clothes, the public will be able to help us locate the individuals. >> the rings are worth more than $120,000. anyone with information should call arlington county police. >>> president obama takes his push for gun control reform on the road speaking with law enforcement about his plans to prevent another tragedy. >> new information about a bus company involved in a fatal crash over the weekend. details on a long list of safety problems coming up. time now is 4:36. [ male announcer ] with over 50 delicious choices of green giant vegetables it's easy to eat like a giant... ♪ and feel like a green giant. ♪ ho ho ho ♪ green giant [ huhummin] [ babblin
stalling the vote. senator mccain says he believes hagel is not qualified to pentagon but he says the at a reasonable time to get their answered. republicans have challenged hagel's past statements israel, iran,on iraq, and nuclear-weapons. it's 22 degrees on this monday morning. >> still ahead, the latest on a case.bing neighbors found a 10-year-old wandering the >> good morning, washington. it's monday. a lot you don't have to work on this president's day. start, the kind of morning where you cannot get newspaper in your bare feet. put on a jacket and shoes. meteorologist adam caskey is in chaser.m how are you >> ? not bad on this monday morning. this. made you know mothers. 23 degrees on this president's day morning. you will notice upper teens to low 20s. carlin, 19, 18 in hagerstown. -- cumberland, 19. in manassas. we will have bright sunshine and a beautiful day. we will warm up to about 40 degrees this afternoon. with that, it's about eight average for this year.f another day below average in terms of temperatures. tomorrow morning, precipitation moving into town. have a wi
pentagon first of all. the na plans to hold a news conference today in tennessee to respond to the president's state of the union address. on tuesday, the president called on congress to vote on a package of proposed measures including a ban on a sale of assault weapons and mandatory background check. >>> robin roberts will be on the cover of "people" magazine this week. inside the gma co-anchor talks about the battle with cancer. pick up a copy at newsstands beginning tomorrow. >>> today a collection of love letters between lyndon johnson and lady bird johnson will be available for the public to read. nearly 100 letters were written by the couple during their two month court ship back in 1934. they're going to go on display at the presidential library in austin. >>> it doesn't matter how old you are, valentine's day is a holiday everyone can enjoy. >> absolutely with that being said your age can determine your definition of love on this valentine's day. some young philosophers actually give some insight as to what they call love. >> valentine's day -- my daddy. >> chocolate
return home, and i admit that when we first asked him to lead the pentagon, his answer was simple -- no. but i kept asking him. i am persistent. that is how michelle married me. i just kept at it, and it is a testament to his patriotism, to his sense of duty, that leon agreed to serve on this one last tour. perhaps it was the memory of his parents and opening their homes up to gi's added to the pacific, perhaps leon served himself, a young lieutenant in the army. perhaps it was the experience of watching his youngest son deployed to afghanistan. what we do know is this -- as our nation's's 23rd secretary of defense and every action beyond panetta has taken, every decision he has made has been with one goal in mind -- taking care of our sons and our daughters in uniform and keeping america safe. just think of the progress under his watch. because we ended the war in iraq, winding down the war in afghanistan, our troops are coming home, and next year our war in afghanistan will come to an end. we have put the core of al qaeda on the path to defeat. we have been relentless against its affi
secretary in a private ceremony with family members and immediate office staff at the pentagon. he later spoke to folks at the pentagon. we'll show that to you later in our program schedule. the supreme court today heard testimony in a case regarding the voting rights act of 1965. "the new york times" reporting on the oral argument today saying a central provision of that voting rights act could be in peril judging from rough or tough questioning today from the supreme court's more conservative members. they write that the law, a landmark achievement of the civil era, was challenged by shelby county, alabama, which said the requirement outlived its usefulness. we spoke about the oral argument today on "washington journal." host: the supreme court hears a case about the voting rights act today and here to talk about with us is ari berman, contributing righter at the nation. and hang von, at the heritage foundation, thank you to you. before we get into the specifics what the supreme court is hearing today,ary, tell us about the voting rights act and its history. >> it was put into place be
and 11 million dealing with two feet of snow. >>> the pentagon is facing massive budget cuts in the coming weeks and if congress fails to act, a series of cuts will be made to the u.s. military's defense capabilities. >> reporter: during a fall debate, president obama said the is quester, quote, will not happen. but now his white house was saying domestic programs will be cut 9% and military programs will be cut 13% this year. unless congress takes action. >> putting our fiscal house in order calls for a balanced approach and not indiscriminate cuts that can have a severe impact our military preparedness. >> reporter: for the balanced approach, republicans think they gave a lot of ground during fiscal cliff negotiations, a spokesman for speaker boehner said the president got the higher taxes on the wealthy last month with no corresponding cuts. the tax issue is resolved and spends is the problem still. meanwhile, military leader are sounding the alarm. >> instead of being a first- rate power in the world, we turn into a second-rate power. that would be the result of the sequ
the force the u.s. has in afghanistan. the rest are due to be home by the end of 2014. the pentagon is considering whether to leave a small force in afghanistan beyond that. >>> immigration, that is topping at agenda ate meeting at the white house. four senators who helped create i new immigration reform plan will sit down with president obama to brief him on their progress. also on imgleyings, this is a group in town who is working to stop deportation. it is called we have dreams too. hundreds of immigrant workers are in d.c. for two days for the event. -- also on immigration, there is a group in town who is working to stop deportation. >>> it was just a sip of water. >> but it has people talking. we'll tell you about that. >>> we have rain showers moving in. but for parts of the area, it will transition over to snow later tonight. i'll have all the details on the weather and julie will have your traffic.  my mom doesn't drink starbucks coffee because she thinks it's too dark, and so i brought her some blonde roast. she loves it now. "my son made me this coffee," "y
. >>> special recognition for those far from the combat zone. the pentagon is creating a new medal that can be awarded to troops who have a direct impact on combat operations but launching drone strikes or cyberattacks to take out an enemy. the new distinguished warfare medal is the first combat related award to be created since the bronze star in 1944. >>> coming up, a big change coming to the district's taxicab fleet that raises some concerns. we'll tell you all about it when we come back. my mom doesn't drink starbucks coffee because she thinks it's too dark, and so i brought her some blonde roast. she loves it now. "my son made me this coffee," "you should try it, it's delicious." ♪ and some people found that a little bit strong. but as soon as they tasted blonde roast, boy they were on board. ♪ >>> back now on fox 5 morning news. we are sharing more of the value type's messages you posted on our facebook fan page. delan attempt just posted this to jessica. >> here we go. >> a kiss is just a kiss until you find one you love, a hug is just a hug until you find the one you are always
to the dealtway. clear in both directions. speaking of the beltway, you're past the pentagon here. northbound lanes, nice clear trip as you continue into the district. back over to you. >> thank you so much. >>> it's 21 minutes after 11:00 now. still ahead on news4 midday, more evidence why women who want to have children should be taking folic acid. >>> plus a new look for a mother helping her son recover from war injuries. our valentine's day makeovers continue. i saw the prep work going on myself just minutes ago. and it's truly amazing. >>> but first here's a look at what's hot on nbcwashington.com. >>> experts call a new study on folic acid significant in a child's development. scientists followed 85,000 children for six years. women took supplements before pregnancy and in their first trimester. they lowered their baby's chances of developing autism by 40%. the study is published in today's journal of the medical association. >>> say the drink 4 loco needs to make major changes. now required to put alcohol facts panel on the backs of every can. it will include volume and the number of s
the sequestration happen. the commonwealth would be burdened by the budget cuts with the pentagon, the u.s. navy base and high numbers of defense and civilian government contractors in the state. >> the president's day celebration is in full swing in alexandria. rolled through old town this afternoon. visitors can get into historic sites. take walking tours. there are even wine tastings going on. >> if you couldn't get to the parade, luck out with tickets to the white house easter egg roll. the lottery opens thursday morning at 10:00. you have from then to the 25th to sign up. march 1st find out if you snagged a ticket in the lottery. scheduled for monday april the 1st. that is the day after easter. head over to myfoxdc.com and look for a link to the ticket site. hopefully you'll have more luck than people trying to get beyonce tickets. >> i'm keeping my fingers crossed. >>> coming up tonight, a new study shows a positive impact certain tv shows can have on your children. >> i pushed him away. that's when he slapped jonah. >> and a man accused of slapping a toddler gets slapped back by his emplo
: march 1st, more than $85 billion in cuts kick in. the pentagon will take a $46 billion hit. but the cuts will also be felt outside washington. if the agriculture department furloughs workers, expect fewer food safety inspections and higher food prices. if the homeland security department tells screeners to stay home, airport security lines are expected to grow. national parks would have to cut more than $100 million t. could impact everything, from operation hours to grass cutting. from the grand canyon to hear at -- here at the national mall. >> reporter: tom kiernan, from the national parks conversation association says it will have a ripple effect. >> the local communities will get hammered. i think it's devastating. it's embarrassing as a country. >> reporter: former congressman jim nussle, who helped pass four balanced budgets, said washington is doing this to itself. >> all of this is kind of compounding. about every month, there's another crisis that is manufactured by the president and the office. and that's no way to run thin
're not growing to stop for potentially hundreds of thousands of federal workers. today the pentagon is expected to announce a plan to furlough nearly 800,000 civilian employees one day each week beginning in april. the president yesterday called the march 1 sequestration spending cuts not smart, not fair, and warns people will lose their jobs. these threats have you angry and scared, but you can do something about it. >> reporter: congress is on recess. sequestration cuts are less than two weeks away and area workers are facing down an uncertain financial future, including possible furloughs and pay cuts. the sequence of events have a lot of you pretty upset. that's why wusa9 started a petition to let congress know how you feel. >> it's been up for the last couple of days and already the response has been overwhelming. >> reporter: we are asking should congress be penalized if federal workers are furloughed due to sequestration. you are speaking out in large numbers with impassionings. >> the intensity and the emotion behind these comments have been very significant. >> reporter: a comment from
, pentagon and other military programs would be hit. only social security, medicaid, veterans benefits and some programs for low income families are spared. even the smithsonian museums and the national could could be impacted by this. according to the "washington post," the zoo could lose $10 million from its $50 million budget. they say that would impact the exhibits at the zoo, not the animal care. so clearly the sequestration would have widespread consequences. think about it. any kind of federal spending, all of those things could face cuts with the sequestration. that is the latest here on capitol hill. back to you. >> thank you. >>> making headlines this morning, an alert for parents in maryland. police believe there is a man or several different men stalking young women and girls in southern montgomery county. a young woman reported being followed by a man in a minivan in friend high pressure heights on tuesday night. she was able to get into a friend's house after a man got out of his vehicle and came toward her quickly. earlier that afternoon, a man drying an suv approached
vote for president obama's choice to head the pentagon. but the confirmation of chuck hagel is still expected to go through. senate republicans say they need to know more about hagel, but they are also insisting that the white house come clean on the u.s. consulate attack in benghazi in september. with evidence mounting, they say the president was disengaged. the president says all questions have been answered. >> this white house has stone walled, delayed and denied. nothing could be further from the truth about us not running out of questions. what is true is he won't answer any. >> it's shocking that my republican colleagues would leave the nation without a secretary of defense with all the things we have going on in the world, including a war. >> hagel's nomination is expected to eventually get through. republicans say they will not block an up or down vote after they get back from vacation in 10 days. >>> today president obama heads to chicago to continue pushing economic reforms he laid out in his state of the union address earlier this week. before he leaves the white house, t
is going to the other side. that said when he is in the pentagon and controls the military in that capacity, they will have to deal with him and have the same interest in common. both parties want to keep the u.s. strong and safe and chuck hagel has been through worse. believe me, he has seen much more incoming than at that hearing. >> republican strategist, good to see you. thank you. >> good to see you. >> still ahead on the saturday afternoon, the latest on the scandal around the top u.s. senator. first, on this date, an announcement that led to the moment so many had been calling for. eventually to the end of apartheid. you are watching msnbc the place for politics. but don't worry, he'll find someone else. ♪ who's that lady? ♪ who's that lady? ♪ sexy lady, who's that lady? [ female announcer ] swiffer 360 dusters extender cleans high and low, with thick all around fibers that attract and lock up to two times more dust than a feather duster. swiffer gives cleaning a whole new meaning. and now swiffer dusters refills are available with the fresh scent of gain. i just served my moth
the pentagon thinks they do not want or need, whether it they happen to be built in their districts. there is always plenty of room. as i understand it, the idea of the sequestration and originated with the president and his budget director, mr. lew. that is how they came up with this concept. republicans should simply let the thing become a fact. it is the only opportunity we have to make the present make any cuts at all. he seems to be so opposed to spending cuts and is only interested in finding tax and revenue. in my personal opinion, what we need to do is step back and take a look at our military and our commitments. we have bases in europe that have no reason to be there, certainly not in the numbers we are. host: we will leave it there. thanks for your call. ray locker? guest: we have a lot of military commitments all over the world. do we need to maintain a base in germany, for example? we could lessen our footprint there. there is a base on the islands in the atlantic that are controlled by portugal. we could dial that all presence there. if things get bad enough and there
you very much. nice to be here. we're going to start with the entire fleet of the pentagon's f-35 fighter jets which is grounded this morning after a cracked engine blade was discovered on the air force version of the jet during a routine inspection. the pentagon immediately grounded all f-35s even though the navy and marine corps use different versions. the engine is being sent to the manufacturer to figure out how that happened. if you have an f-35, don't fly it today. sort of wait. >>> boeing is hoping to get its 787 dreamliners flying as soon as possible. the company's executives met on friday with the faa to talk about the ongoing battery issues that grounded that 787 dreamliner fleet in the first place. boeing is proposing a fix for the batteries even though they still don't know what caused them to overheat. the faa says it is reviewing the proposal very closely. >>> so you can now add microsoft to the list of companies that says it's been hacked. a small u.n. of computers were infected -- small number of computers were intected with malware. it's similar to the ones that p
it through the bureaucracies of the pentagon. america needs chuck as our secretary of defense to bring our troops home and keep our military the strongest in the world. sergeant hagel was an american hero. when so many americans were dodging the draft he volunteered to serve in vietnam. the draft board gave him the option to return to college but chuck refused. he said i think the best thing for me is to go in the army. it may not be the best thing for the army but i think that's the way to get all this straightened out. yfsz the oldest of four boys, he said, my sphawr passed away and i just was not coming together the way i should. there was a war going on in vietnam, i felt a sense of some responsibility so i said no, i think it's time to go. and so i volunteered for the draft. went in the army and celebrated my 21st birthday in white sands missile range. and chuck didn't serve in a safe bullet. when assigned to germany he volunteered for vietnam and saw the horrors of war as an infrant fantdry sergeant. he hand his brother tom are the only known american brothers to serve side by side i
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